Heatwave Caused I-196 To Buckle, But Was I-196 Hot Enough To Fry An Egg?
You know it's a serious heatwave when it's so hot that it buckles the pavement on a highway. Last Friday, that's exactly what happened on I-196 near Hudsonville.
I-196 rose as much as ten inches because of the heat.
It was hot enough to buckle the highway, but was it hot enought to fry an egg on I-196?
Road crews say the pavement was 130 degrees to 140 degrees. They say the concrete underneath heated up, causing the pavement to bubble.
According to The Library of Congress, I-196 was not hot enough to fry an egg:
An egg needs a temperature of 158°F to become firm. In order to cook, proteins in the egg must denature (modify), then coagulate, and that won’t happen until the temperature rises enough to start and maintain the process.
I-196 was hot enough to buckle the road, but not hot enough to fry an egg. Somehow, I am disappointed.
Guess we'll just have to go to Denny's next time we want some eggs "denatured" and "coagulated".